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Patchwork Puzzles and the Nature of Fiction


Patrik Engisch

Department of German, University of Fribourg, Av. de l’Europe 20, 1700 Fribourg, CH
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Kathleen Stock has recently argued that Gregory Currie’s account of fiction is beset by two patchwork puzzles. According to the first, Currie’s account entails that works of fiction end up being implausible heterogenous complexes of utterances that furnish a fictional world and utterances that aim at representing the actual world. According to the second, competent engagement with a fiction can implausibly result in switching from one mental attitude to another – namely, belief and make-belief. In this paper, I argue for two main claims. First, that a few alterations to Currie’s account make it immune to Stock’s puzzles. And, second, that such a modified account presents clear advantages over the alternative one offered by Stock.
How to Cite: Engisch, Patrik. “Patchwork Puzzles and the Nature of Fiction”. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics 56, no. 1 (2019): 28–47. DOI:
Published on 01 Mar 2019.
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